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Old 12-31-2006, 10:28 AM   #15
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We have a 2005 Safari with the two-door Dometic refer. I checked the unit and it is a model number : RM2662 (which appears on the recall list); its serial number is 501 05007 (which is not on the list). Does this mean that my refer does or does not have the defective component?
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We have a 2005 Safari with the two-door Dometic refer. I checked the unit and it is a model number : RM2662 (which appears on the recall list); its serial number is 501 05007 (which is not on the list). Does this mean that my refer does or does not have the defective component?

You are ok. They went back to the smaller heater in 2003 to extend the life of the units.

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Old 12-31-2006, 02:58 PM   #17
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You are ok. They went back to the smaller heater in 2003 to extend the life of the units.

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Old 01-13-2007, 04:29 PM   #18
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Ok, I just checked my Safari built 12/03 and it does have a RM 2662 that does fall under the recall.

I can't speak to every unit built 12/03 or earlier, but it would look to me like 12/03 built units may have a Dometic that may fall under the recall.
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Old 01-13-2007, 07:33 PM   #19
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The Domentic recall fix is an attempt at preventing ignition of leaked ammonia, but is not a root-cause repair. Does anyone know how difficult it is to replace the offending 345 watt heating element with a 325 watt?
The RV Fridge heating element is basically an 'L' shaped solid rod placed in the boiler tube of the refer (the vertical cylinder placed either on the extreme left or right at the back of the unit). It has 2 wires protruding from it, and the section of the tube that you will be looking at is the short end. Most of the element is sheathed in it's housing inside the boiler section.

Remove the outer cover to gain access to the element and slowly wiggle it up and out. Obviously, you don't try this when the element is hot becuase:
1. IT"S HOT!!! and 2. It won't come out due to thermal expansion.

The entire process should take a few minutes (OK, maybe 15 if you've never done one before)
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Exclamation Huge Dometic Refrigerator Recall Announced:

Hi all, thought this might be important!


Large Scale Dometic Refrigerator Recall Announced:

Dometic Corporation is in the process of issuing recalls for over 900,000 RV refrigerators. The problem, a potential fire hazard, affects many refrigerators manufactured between 1997 and 2003. The following is excerpted from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administrationís website at Home | National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA) | U.S. Department of Transportation.

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NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 06E076000
Manufacturer : DOMETIC CORPORATION
Component: EQUIPMENT:RECREATIONAL VEHICLE
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 926877
Models Affected: NDR1062 RM2652 RM2662 RM2663 RM2852 RM2862 RM3662 RM3663 RM3862 RM3863
Summary:
CERTAIN DOMETIC TWO-DOOR REFRIGERATORS MANUFACTURED BETWEEN APRIL 1997 AND MAY 2003: SERIAL NOS. 713XXXXX THROUGH 752XXXXX; 801XXXXX THROUGH 852XXXXX; 901XXXXX THROUGH 952XXXXX; 001XXXXX THROUGH 052XXXXX; 101XXXXX THROUGH 152XXXXX; 201XXXXX THROUGH 252XXXXX; 301XXXXX THROUGH 319XXXXX, INSTALLED IN CERTAIN RECREATIONAL VEHICLES AS ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT AND SOLD AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT. A FATIGUE CRACK MAY DEVELOP IN THE BOILER TUBE WHICH MAY RELEASE A SUFFICIENT AMOUNT OF PRESSURIZED COOLANT SOLUTION INTO AN AREA WHERE AN IGNITION SOURCE (GAS FLAME) IS PRESENT.
Consequence:
THE RELEASE OF COOLANT UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS COULD IGNITE AND RESULT IN A FIRE.
Remedy:
THE VEHICLE MANUFACTURERS WILL NOTIFY OWNERS OF RECREATIONAL VEHICLES THAT HAD THE REFRIGERATORS INSTALLED AS ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT, AND DOMETIC WILL NOTIFY OWNERS OF THE AFTERMARKET REFRIGERATORS. DOMETIC WILL INSTALL A SECONDARY BURNER HOUSING FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN BETWEEN APRIL AND JUNE 2007. OWNERS MAY CONTACT DOMETIC AT 888-446-5157.
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CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .
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To verify that your refrigerator is affected, you can either call Dometic at the number listed above, or visit their website for the recall at Official Dometic Recall - DometicUSA . Be sure to have your refrigeratorís model number and serial number ready.

The following is excerpted from Dometicís recall information:

The information that you entered indicated that your refrigerator is affected by this voluntary recall. Please do the following:

#1 Turn the refrigerator off immediately if you notice any of the following indicators:

Leakage or staining at the back of the refrigerator.
Yellow residue at the back or sides of the refrigerator.
The smell of ammonia.
Refrigerator does not properly cool.
Any unit found to have one or more of the characteristics mentioned above MUST be shut down and not operated until the unit is fixed and the recall rework administered.

#2 For any unit that does fall within the recall population, but does not exhibit any of the four indicators mentioned in #1, consider the following: Do not operate your refrigerator on LP gas. Switching to electric power lowers the incident rate associated with LP gas. If you own a 3-way refrigerator, running the unit on 12-volt power carries the least risk of all. 3-way refrigerators have model numbers that end in "3."

Dometic recommends that the unit not be operated on electric unless absolutely necessary until your unit has been serviced. If you choose to operate your unit on electric prior to the recall rework, you must inspect the burner area weekly for any of the indicators referenced in number 1 above. Dometic recommends that you turn off the gas valve at the back of your refrigerator. DO NOT, however, attempt to disconnect the gas supply. If you must operate your refrigerator on electric, DO NOT operate your refrigerator while in transit or while asleep.


The rework kit will be available in early April 2007. At that time, call your preferred service center to set up an appointment. For help in locating a service cente, or for the most up-to-date recall information, call 1-888-446-5157.


--Just passing it along,

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Old 01-30-2007, 08:11 PM   #21
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i checked mine, and i don't have the rash.

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i checked mine, and i don't have the rash.

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We should merge this thread with this one:

http://www.airforums.com/forum...dometic+recall

I checked and mine is in the serial number range.....
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I recently recieved the recall notice for my RM2662. I took it to the local Dometic service center this morning to have the repair made and it turns out my cooling unit is leaking.

The shop owner called Dometic; they won't fix it under warranty or otherwise. I also called them and they told me the same thing. Apparently it's over $900 to repair. Be forwarned.

Really poor customer service if you ask me. My refer has had little use and I think at the very least they should offer to sell the repair parts at a discount.

I wonder, for as much as it's going to cost to repair, should I consider a new refer from a competing brand?
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Dometic's only legal rewponsibility is to provide the customer with information to protect the customer from personal injury and they thereby protect themselves from liability suites. The recall is not intended to repair the refrigerator but to make it less likely to start a major fire when it fails. I am not sure that the new unit you will be buying will be any more resistant to fratique failure of the tubing or not. I would hope that the new models would be built stronger but I have not seen any notice from the company that they have resolved the fatique failure problem.
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I just dumped $75 down the Thetford to have an RV service call to install the fix-it kit on my 2006 Safari only to find out it had already been installed before I bought the unit new! So, what did I miss? Confirmed with Dometic that mine was on the list for recall after checking Model and Serial numbers.
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